An important concern for many people wanting to lose weight with Garcinia is its compatibility with alcohol. This is not surprising considering that for many people totally abstaining from alcohol is a difficult thing to digest.
The good news is that Garcinia is not known to have any adverse interaction with alcohol as long as you don’t take them together.
The bad news is that you are better off staying away from alcohol because it can prevent you from achieving your weight loss goals.
Alcohol Itself Can Cause Weight Gain:
Garcinia helps by preventing formation of fat, suppressing appetite and preventing emotional eating. However, you have to do your part in helping the body lose weight by eating healthy and doing moderate exercise.
Alcohol provides about 7 calories per gram. Consumption of alcohol, which otherwise does not provide any benefit to the body, is not advisable. If you must drink, you must do it with self discipline and only in very modest amounts.
Never Take Garcinia With Alcohol:
Garcinia should be taken on an empty stomach at least half an hour before a meal with sufficient amounts of water. This is essential for proper absorption of HCA, the active ingredient.
Taking anything with Garcinia, be it alcohol, juices or anything else will start the digestive process before HCA can be absorbed. Stomach acids and enzymes triggered by food will destroy HCA in the supplement before it reaches the small intestines, where it is absorbed.
Thus, drinking alcohol while taking Garcinia will make it ineffective.
The other problem of taking Garcinia with alcohol is that HCA slows down the digestive process and alcohol can make the situation more difficult. This may result in gastric problems like indigestion, nausea, stomach pain and vomiting.
Alcohol Affects Metabolism And Mood Adversely:
Our body cannot store alcohol and has to process it on priority at the expense of other metabolic processes. Excessive alcohol intake can significantly slow down the processing of sugars and fats in the body and may impede the processes by which Garcinia prevents fat formation.
Alcohol highs and lows can result in stress and high anxiety levels, which can make you eat more than you would otherwise. One of the ways in which Garcinia works is by reducing stress and preventing mood swings, thus reducing the need for emotional eating. Alcohol does the opposite and has the potential to significantly reduce this benefit.
Can Garcinia Cambogia Benefit Those Who Take Alcohol?
There is a school of thought that Garcinia protects the liver from toxins like alcohol, nicotine and other drugs. It is also said that it can prevent occurrence of ulcers in the stomach or prevent them from getting worse.
Some users also report that Garcinia has reduced their urge to consume alcohol. However, some of these claims are based on user experiences rather than on scientific studies.
If you are serious about losing weight, it is best that you don’t consume alcohol. Even if you have to drink on occasions, limit it to just one drink. Never take anything with your supplements except water and keep a gap of at least 30 minutes between your supplements and any other food or drink.
Taking alcohol and Garcinia supplements at the same time can cause stomach discomfort and side-effects.